The Druid V2: "Evolution, Not Revolution"

With the Druid V2 on its way to Wellington for our editor to review, here’s everything you should know about Forbidden Bikes’ latest creation: “the most capable trail bike we’ve ever made.”

“With geometry that effortlessly balances stability and agility, it is equally at home hammering out trail rides after work, crushing epic alpine traverses, and blasting weekend shuttle laps.” The V2 has been described as an “evolution” from its 2019 predecessor – so what’s new?

Inverted Four-Bar Layout

The most obvious change to the Druid is the shift to an inverted four-bar suspension design. This change was born from the goal to increase chain wrap around the chainring and eliminate the need for a lower chain guide. 

V2 Trifecta Suspension Kinematic 

A repositioned idler and new V2 Rate Control Linkage allow subtle improvements to the suspension system while keeping the soul of the bike 100% pure Druid. The result of these improvements is increased small bump sensitivity and grip, more mid-stroke support, improved bottom-out control, and optimized pedalling and braking characteristics.

One-Ride & S-Sizing - The right trail experience for every-body

The Druid’s geometry delivers a ride feel that keeps the rider’s weight balanced across both wheels, providing control and confidence. 

Low stand-over heights and low seat tubes across the range mean a rider can choose a fit based on their body dimensions, preferred reach, and desired trail performance. The only real change here is in the sizing criteria. No more S, M, L, XL, just S1 – 4.

Bearings and Hardware

The bearing-in-rocker design of the new forged Rate Control Linkage allows the use of locking collet axles and oversized bearings for easy maintenance and dependability. 

Cable Routing

Cables front to rear are internally routed and equipped with adaptable cable routing so you can run your brakes on whatever side you think is the “right one”. Cable port covers and guides on the front triangle and seatstays keep the hoses & cable housings in place for a rattle-free ride.

Frame Protection

Extensive chain slap protection on the seatstay and chainstay keeps paintwork clean while rubberised upper and lower downtube protection deflects trail projectiles and tailgate punishment. The downtube stash and snack compartment has toolless entry for easy access to your essential trailside stuff.

Druid X0 Build Spec Highlights



Druid V2 Full Carbon – 130mm Travel


Rock Shox Lyrik Ultimate – 150mm Travel

Rear Shock

Rock Shox Super Deluxe Ultimate


SRAM Code Stealth Ultimate HS2 180mm F&R

Shifter Rear


Rear Derailleur

SRAM X0 AXS 12speed T-Type


SRAM XS-1295 10-52T 12speed


SRAM X0 – 12speed T-Type


SRAM X0 Eagle 32T – 165mm


Forbidden 18T Steel Idler Pulley


Crankbrothers Synthesis Enduro Carbon

Front Tire

Maxxis Assegai 29″x2.5″ 3C Maxx Terra – EXO

Rear Tire

Maxxis DHRII Wide Trail – 3C Maxx Terra – EXO+


Burgtec Bartender Pro

Handle Bar

Burgtec Ride Wide Alloy (Size Specific)


Burgtec MK3 Enduro Stem – 42.5mm

Seat Post

OneUp Dropper Post (Size Specific)


Fizik Terra Alpaca X5

Druid V2


29” Geo Highlights
HA .5 slacker than the previous Druid 15mm longer reach
4mm higher stack
ST 1.5 deg steeper
BB 2.5mm lower

MX Geo Highlights(Compare to V2 29”) .5 deg slacker than a full 29” Druid V2 5mm shorter reach
1mm taller stack

ST .5 slacker BB 5mm lower

V2 Trifecta Suspension Kinematic Details

-Supple off the top – Improved grip compared to V1 by straightening this segment of the curve.

-Supportive mid-stroke, that remains open enough to absorb repetitive hits with no harshness.

-A further increase in the rate of change at the end of the stroke provides adequate bottom-out resistance and a bottomless feeling.


-Early in the stroke, there is sufficient anti-rise to maintain the geometry of the chassis under braking.

-As the bike moves deeper into its travel the anti-rise drops off significantly, allowing for a more active rear-end deep in the travel, resulting in more rear-wheel grip during harsh braking events.

Idler Position

– The pulley has been carefully positioned offset from the main pivot in order to fine-tune the anti-squat characteristics.

-Compared to V1 the steeper drop in anti-squat delivers less pedal feedback when the bike is deep in the stroke.